Mineral Oil PC



So I decided to join the others out there and try my hand at building a PC inside of Mineral Oil.

To us tech guys, it doesn't get much cooler than this.

Here are a few pics of the final Product:
It looks a lot better in person

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Here is a Video:


The components are as follows:

Marineland Crescent 5 Tank (5 gal)
It's got a nice shape to it with a bowed front and LED lighting (less heat)
Plus oil isn't cheap so bigger tank = more oil
MATX board was perfect size for this tank.
Tank plus blue Glass rocks = $65

Dynex 400 power supply
Nice long sheathed cables.
Also the large fan and chrome intake looks good.
I did submerge the PSU put left extra cables hanging off the back of the tank.
$20 on ebay.

Intel DG41TY Micro ATX Motherboard
I wanted fast but not break the bank.
Core 2 Duo was the choice.
Brand new board, CPU and fancy heatsink was $100.
Wanted new so there would be no dust in my oil.
about $40 for the 3gb RAM

Motherboard Wire Kit
Picked up a pack from Amazon (startech) - only used the power button
Found some nifty short wiring for the Power light and HDD light here:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8756/ele-414/FrozenCPU_ATX_Control_Kit_0014.html
$20

Intel X25-M SSD 120gb.
Bought an Intel 320 series drive on ebay and he sent me the wrong one.
Gave me a discount bringing the cost of the drive to $100.

Linksys Wireless PCI
Wanted something to fill the PCI slot
$10 on ebay.

Mineral Oil
It took some research to figure out what type of oil to put in.
Evidently there is std oil and light oil.
I went with the light oil and I am glad I did.
You can get it rather cheaply from Tractor Supply Co.
About $18/gal.
There is about 3.75 gal in mine.

Keyboard & Mouse
Went wireless with nano receiver.
Could have done better but $50

Plastic Motherboard Mount
Was originally going to let the board sit on the bottom but decided against that.
Mounted on a 8.5 x 11 sign holder from office depot.
Makes it look the Board is floating in the oil
$10


So far all is running fine for daily office work.
The temps idle around 45 to 50 degrees C.
Starts out at about 30 C when I first turn it on in the morning.
Anything more than office work would need some kind of cooling system.